CFO Kirsten Smith announces retirement from Silsbee ISD
Assistant Superintendent of Finance recalls memories and friendships during her 32-year career at Silsbee ISD.
OCTOBER 21, 2019 – Assistant Superintendent of Finance Kirsten Smith has officially announced her plans to retire from Silsbee ISD at the end of the first semester in December. Smith made it public after addressing the Silsbee ISD Board of Trustees in its October 8, 2019, regular meeting.
“I really do love this district,” Smith said. “So many memories were made throughout my career here at Silsbee ISD, and my heart will always be with Silsbee.”
Smith made quite a career in the district spanning 32 years working in the administration office in the finance department. Her passion for numbers and banking led her to Silsbee ISD, starting on February 1, 1988.
After beginning her career in banking during college, Smith was intrigued by an opening available as an accounting clerk for the district. It was then that her career blossomed into more than she would ever expect.
After working for several years as an accounting clerk, Smith became the coordinator of the Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS), primarily working with data involving grades, attendance and student demographics throughout the district. Soon after, she became Comptroller for Silsbee ISD.
In 1997, Smith became Silsbee ISD’s Business Manager, a title equivalent to the chief financial officer of the district. Her title later transformed to Assistant Superintendent of Finance with additional responsibilities.
Through her career as an employee of Silsbee ISD, Smith has worked under five superintendents including two stints with Herbert C. Muckleroy (1985-1994 and 1996-2001), James B. Lang (1994-1996), James M. McGowan (2001-2008), Richard J. Bain (2008-2018), and now currently under Dr. Gregg Weiss.
Smith was born in Georgia and her family made the move to Silsbee when she was at a young age. She eventually graduated from Silsbee High School and made her way back to the community after college.
As a daughter of an educator, Smith was knowledgeable of the education business, but her dreams of finance were at the forefront. Her mother, Carol Seabrooke, was a long-time educator and finished her career at Silsbee ISD.
In the 32 years working for Silsbee ISD, Smith recalls so many things but realizes that all of the relationships she garnered throughout her career will never be forgotten.
“I have had the privilege of working with some incredible people, many of those who were mentors and many who have become good friends,” she added.
During her career, there were two major construction projects in Silsbee ISD including Silsbee High School and Silsbee Elementary. She also recalls three hurricanes the district endured, all of which resulted in the district closing for a small period of time during each of those events.
Smith is married to Drew Smith. She is the mother of two daughters, one step-daughter and a grandmother to three.
She plans on spending more time with her family during retirement and looks forward to what the next chapter brings.